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Brazil's Production of Pulp Records 3% Growth in First Quarter 2017

Bales of pulp being loaded on ship Brazil's pulp production recorded 3.0% growth in the first quarter of 2017, totaling 4.69 million tons compared to 4.55 million tons recorded in the same period of last year.

May 15, 2017 - The Brazilian Tree Industry (Ibá) reported that pulp production recorded 3.0% growth in the first quarter of 2017, totaling 4.69 million tons against the 4.55 million tons recorded in the same period of last year.

In the paper sector, the surplus continues with exports that reached a volume of 544,000 tons sold between January and March — a 5.6% increase compared to the same period in 2016 when 515,000 tons were traded.

In the wood panels segment, domestic sales rose 2.9% in Q1 2017, reaching the 1.6 million cubic meter mark.

Export volume. In the first quarter of 2017, the volume of pulp exports reached 3.3 million tons, an increase of 5.5% over the same period in 2016, when 3.1 million tons were exported. The wood panels segment recorded exports of 284,000 cubic meters (+45.6%).

Export revenue. From January to February of 2017 the sector recorded exports of US$1.9 billion (-2.6%); pulp reached US$1.4 billion (-4.3%), paper registered US$ 464 million (-0.2%), and wood panels US$64 million (+25.5%). As a result the balance of trade in the sector registered a positive balance of US$1.7 billion during the first three months of the year (-0.9%).

Destination of exports. China continues to be the main destination for the Brazilian pulp sector, with a 44% share. In the first quarter revenues for this country increased by 21.6% (US$620 million) compared to the same period last year. Meanwhile, Latin American countries continued to be the main markets for paper and wood panels in the period, with exports to this region increasing 17.5% (US$295 million) and 25% (US$35 million), respectively.

Production. Brazilian pulp production surpassed 4.6 million tons (+3.0%) between January and March of 2017, and paper registered 2.5 million tons (-2.2%).

Domestic sales. In the first quarter of 2017, paper sales on the domestic market reached 1.3 million tons (-3.0%), while the wood panels sector registered sales of 1.6 million m3 (+2.9%).

The Brazilian Tree Industry (Ibá) is the association responsible for institutionally representing the planted tree production chain, from the field to the industry, before its main audience of interest. To learn more about Ibá, please visit: www.iba.org.

SOURCE: Brazilian Tree Industry (Ibá)